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Jim Carrey
Forecourt Ceremony held on Wednesday, November 1, 1995
 
Born: January 17, 1962, in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Age at the time of the ceremony: 27
 
Jim Carrey is a well-known comic star of films. Rising to prominence on In Living Color, Carrey went on to star in a string of successful comedy films, 18 of which have grossed $100 Million — some of them, way more.

It seems that Jim always wanted to be in showbiz. In 1972, at age ten, he wrote to Carol Burnett, asking to audition for her television show; they sent him back a form letter — he was thrilled. His family supported Jim's efforts to do stand-up comedy, but it was difficult. He stuck with it, eventually becoming a local "thing." This led to his joining the cast of the Toranto-based television show The All-Night Show aired over MTV in 1980-81.

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield asked Carrey to be his opening act on tour. Moving to Los Angeles, Carrey made appearances at The Comedy Store, and auditioned to join the cast of Saturday Night Live, but did not make it. He participated in the ensemble comedy sketch film The Sex and Violence Family Hour (released direct to video in 1983), and did The Tonight Show on November 24, 1983.

Carrey imitated Jerry Lewis on an episode of Dabney Coleman's show Buffalo Bill aired over NBC in January, 1984, (where Geena Davis was a series regular). A big break came with his begin cast as the lead character for The Duck Factory aired over NBC, but the show only lasted for 13 episodes, from April to July, 1984.

Carrey's agents focused on feature work. He got a supporting role in Peggy Sue Got Married (released in October, 1986) with Kathleen Turner, and was second-billed in Earth Girls Are Easy (which played the Chinese in May, 1989) with Geena Davis and Damon Wayans, and played a lounge entertainer in Clint Eastwood's Pink Cadillac (released in May, 1989).

Damon and his brother Keenen Ivory Wayans brought Carrey's unique energy to the comedy sketch show In Living Color aired over the Fox network for 140 episodes from April, 1990 to May, 1994. The show made Carrey a household name.

Meanwhile, Morgan Creek founder James Robinson asked his studio to make a comedy film that "he wouldn't get." They came up with starring Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (which played the Chinese in February, 1994). Produced for $12 Million, it became a freak hit, if you will pardon the expression, going over $100 Million easily.

Carrey was now a draw. He headlined in The Mask (released in July, 1994) with Cameron Diaz, which became a whopping hit, teamed with Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber (which played the Chinese in December, 1994). Carrey was cast as The Riddler in Batman Forever (which played the Chinese in June, 1995), which became his fourth-highest-grossing picture.

This was followed by a slate of starring roles in comedies which all scored success at the box-office. He was asked to come and do his footprints at the Chinese before the opening of Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (which played the Chinese in November, 1995). The Cable Guy (released in June, 1996), saw Carrey playing a darker character, while in Liar Liar (released in March, 1997), audiences felt that Carrey's comic timing elevated a thin script.

The Truman Show (which played the Chinese in June, 1998), is widely considered Carrey's best film. This was followed by the nearly impossible performance of Carrey playing the comedian Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon (released in December, 1999). Me, Myself & Irene (released in June, 2000) with Renée Zellweger, saw Carrey return to madcap comedy, and many found him the perfect actor to portray Dr. Suess's title character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (released in November, 2000), which became a holiday blockbuster.

While The Majestic (released in December, 2001) with Martin Landau, failed to set the world on fire, Bruce Almighty (released in May, 2003) with Jennifer Aniston, became the biggest hit of his career, grossing over $400 Million worldwide. While Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (released in March, 2004) with Kate Winslet, didn't really connect, and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (which played the Chinese in December, 2004), did so-so business, Yes Man (which played the Chinese in December, 2008) with Zooey Deschanel, did fine.

Carrey went out on a limb playing half of a gay couple in I Love You Phillip Morris (released in January, 2001) with Ewan McGregor as the other half, and offered his services to the performance-capture gods for Disney's A Christmas Carol (released in November, 2009).

Carrey keeps busy. While guest appearing on just about every television show on earth, he starred in Mr. Popper's Penquins (which had its World Premiere at the Chinese on Tuesday, June 12, 2011), did a supporting role in The Incredible Bert Wonderstone (which premiered at the Chinese on Monday, March 11, 2013), and reunited with Jeff Daniels for Dumb and Dumber To (released in November, 2014).

For some reaqson, he took a supporting role in The Bad Batch (released in June, 2007) starring Suki Waterhouse, which has received some of the worst reviews we have ever seen, and followed this up with a lead role in the murder mystery Dark Crimes (released in May, 2016). Carrey stars in the cable show Kidding aired over Showtime from August to November, 2018.
 
 
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Mann's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Jim Carrey Forecourt ceremony, Wednesday, November 1, 1995. Carrey, having done the hard part of inscribing the cement, places his hands into the cement.
 
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